Last Comic Standing 4 casting starts today; one comic will be selected by viewers

Last Comic Standing 4 begins its search for comics tonight with a stop at the Tempe Improv in Arizona. It then moves on to Austin, Chicago, New York, and Miami. While NBC’s casting page is next-to-useless, with its complete lack of information, but in a piece about the show’s casting directors, the East Valley Tribune notes that auditions are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and that each comedian is asked to “bring their best three minutes.”

Ross Mark, who casts the show along with Bob Read but didn’t work on season three, tells the paper that NBC “[was] so excited to do season three so quickly, they didn’t have a search — they just said, ‘OK, we’ll just put season one against season two, put it on the fall schedule, and hopefully the ratings will stay the same.’ Well, it didn’t.” The show is returning to its original formula for season four.

The new season will even feature a comedian selected by viewers. As part of “an online component, aspiring participants can submit their tape to NBC.com where online voters will determine one comedian to join those found on the nationwide search,” an NBC press release said back in January.

As of now, though, there’s nothing on NBC’s web site yet about this, and the show’s old web site no longer exists. Apparently NBC is now challenging ABC for the title of “crappiest network web site.”

ASU graduate helps bring local talent to ‘Last Comic Standing’ [East Valley Tribune]
Stand-Up Comedians Will Again Vie for the Title ‘Last Comic Standing’ When the Emmy-Nominated Series Returns to NBC This Summer [NBC press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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